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December 4, 2019
In this episode of AWS TechChat we cover ‘Monday Night Live’, the first keynote of AWS re:Invent 2019 presented by Peter Desantis - VP of AWS Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, and it's all about infrastructure. We start the show talking about HPC (High Performance Computing), the pain points around HPC that users faced in the past and how our investments in our network, with 100Gb networking, Nitro and EFA (Elastic Fabric Adapter) have been a game changer. Formula 1 give us a lesson in CFD (Computation Fluid Dynamics) and how AWS is helping fans to stand on the edge of the seat with the 2021 car which reduces dirty air for the following car ensuring following cars don't take a huge down-force hit. We talk about Machine Learning, P3dn, G4 and snuck in a tidbit for AWS Inferentia which was released today in the form of the Amazon EC2 Inf1 family. To close out this episode, we cover AWS global network and introduce 10 new Amazon CloudFront edge locations before finishing on what we are doing on the sustainability front to run our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS Resources: High Performance Computing https://aws.amazon.com/hpc/ Amazon EC2 C5n Instances https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/11/introducing-amazon-ec2-c5n-instances/ Elastic Fabric Adapter https://aws.amazon.com/hpc/efa/ F1 Insights powered by AWS https://aws.amazon.com/f1insights/ New – EC2 P3dn GPU Instances https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-ec2-p3dn-gpu-instances-with-100-gbps-networking-local-nvme-storage-for-faster-machine-learning-p3-price-reduction/ Amazon EC2 G4 Instances https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/g4/ Inf1 Instances with AWS Inferentia Chips https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-ec2-update-inf1-instances-with-aws-inferentia-chips-for-high-performance-cost-effective-inferencing Amazon CloudFront announces 10 new Edge locations https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/whats-new/ AWS & Sustainability https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability/ AWS Events: AWS Builders Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/ AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/ AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/ AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/
November 25, 2019
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November 14, 2019
In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Gabe come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in October and November in the year 2019. They started the show with a fun announcement, we introduced the Amazon WordPress plugin. It combines our plugins around Polly and Translate together and adds CloudFront, it’s available in the WordPress plugin Gallery. Before pivoting to something rather huge in the world of AWS, Savings Plans. We introduced you to Savings Plans and talked about the two variations, Compute and EC2 instance Savings Plans whilst comparing how they compare to RI's and talked about how to order a savings plan. CloudWatch has now launched cross account and cross region dashboard giving you a single pane view or aggregated view across multiple AWS accounts allowing you display what matters fore you. RDS on VMWare has now gone GA, allowing you to run a database engine on your own hardware while the Amazon RDS service automates the heavy lifting so you don't have to. It wouldn't be an update show without container updates, three of them. ECR now has container scanning allowing you to detect CVE’s. Kube has integration with EC2 Spot and ECS now has CDK support. Lastly, to close out the show, and in sticking with updates in groups of 3, GuardDuty introduces three new threat detections, two around S3 (S3BlockPublicAccessDisabled, S3ServerAccessLoggingDisabled) and lastly one on EC2/MetaDataDNSRebind informs you that an EC2 instance metadata exfiltration.
October 31, 2019
In this event-driven themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete started the show talking about event-driven architectures. The event-driven architecture is an architectural pattern that orchestrates behavior around the production, detection, and consumption of events as well as the responses they evoke. They then moved on to AWS Lambda, which is the product that made the event-driven architecture pattern popular. AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that runs your code in response to events, which is why it is suited for event-driven architectures and as we learned, has 24 event sources that can invoke an AWS Lambda function. Getting into the meat of the show, they pivoted to Single-Page Apps (SPA) and Event Forking, which are two patterns that are commonly used to exploit the benefits that event-driven architecture brings. Let us not forget the AWS Event Forking Pipeline, a suite of open-source nested applications based on the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM), which you can deploy directly from the AWS Event Fork Pipelines suite. Lastly, they realized event-driven architecture is a bit of a paradigm shift in thinking, so they covered the skills needed and how you can get started on the event-driven architectures journey. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS Resources: Amazon CloudFront Pricing https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/pricing/ Amazon CloudFront Key Features https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/features/ AWS Global Infrastructure https://infrastructure.aws AWS Lambda https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/ Amazon SNS Subscription Filter Policies https://docs.aws.amazon.com/sns/latest/dg/sns-subscription-filter-policies.html Nested Applications https://docs.aws.amazon.com/serverless-application-model/latest/developerguide/serverless-sam-template-nested-applications.html AWS Serverless Application Model https://aws.amazon.com/serverless/sam/ AWS Event Fork Pipelines suite https://serverlessrepo.aws.amazon.com/applications?query=aws-event-fork-pipelines Amazon Simple Notification Service https://aws.amazon.com/sns/ Getting Started with AWS Lambda https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/getting-started/ AWS Events: AWSome Day Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/ AWS Modern Application Development on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/application/modern-app-development/ AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/ AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/ AWS Events and Webinars https://aws.amazon.com/events/
October 18, 2019
In this round up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in the month of September and October in the year 2019 We started the show with an announcement around S3 Single Region Replication, with this feature you can now automatically and asynchronously replicate newly uploaded S3 objects to a destination bucket in the same AWS Region. Just remember you need to enable versioning. There is now new EC2 instance, G4 Instances with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs which are the Most Cost-effective GPU Platform for Machine Learning Inference and Graphics Intensive Applications. You can find them in limited regions. Limits are changing on EC2. We have made them easier with vCPU based on demand limits. Much easier to manage. All you need to do is remember you have two limits post October 21st. One limit that governs the usage of standard instance families (A,C,D,H,I,M,R,T, and Z) and the default limit is 1152 vCPU and the other limit for the specialized instance families of F, G,P, and X instances. and that's 128vCPU Check out the NoSQL Workbench for Amazon DynamoDB a great new tool designed to help simplify working with DynamoDB, and the DynamoDBMapperclass in the Java SDK has been updated to support optimistic locking. Private EndPoints and API GW, it’s now a thing. You can now associate one or more VPC Endpoints to a private API, and API Gateway will create and manage Route53 alias records necessary for easily invoking the Private APIs. And finally we closed the show out with two things I like, ECS and Visual Studio Code with the former now providing IntelliSense for ECS.
October 3, 2019
In this messaging themed episode of AWS TechChat, Pete is back, and more so in person. We started the show reminiscing about messaging history, going back, looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today and more importantly, why use messaging and the benefits you can derive in decoupling your architecture. From there we talked about event streams covering both both Amazon Kinesis and Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka, or Amazon MSK. Both designed to process or analyse streaming data for specialised needs. Before looking at what one would consider a more traditional message bus in Amazon SQS and Amazon MQ, both durable pull based messaging platform with Amazon SQS being light weight and tightly integrated to the AWS Cloud platform and Amazon MQ supporting a variety of protocols making it a great choice for existing applications that use industry standard protocols. We then moved to push with Amazon SNS and the IOT Message Broker, both pub/sub platforms that enables you to build fan out architectures with hundreds of thousands to millions of subscribers before quickly discussing at a high level which messaging platform is right for you. You now have more than hammer to build your applications, Maslow would be proud.
September 20, 2019
In this round up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in the month of August and September in the year 2019 They start the show with an announcement support for multiple TLS certificates on Network Load Balancers using Server Name Indication (SNI). You can now host multiple secure applications, each with its own TLS certificate, on a single load balancer listener. Amazon QLDB is now GA, it is a fully managed ledger database that provides a transparent, immutable, and cryptographically verifiable transaction log ‎owned by a central trusted authority. We then spoke about recently announced AWS Solution the uses Comprehend and Elasticsearch for indexing and analyzing unstructured text. This reference implementation in the form of CFN deploys a cost-effective, end-to-end solution for extracting meaningful insights from unstructured data. Plus it has a tasty Kibana dashboard to provide visualations. Updates for VPC Flow logs, in addition to existing fields, you can now choose to add in additional meta-data which will help provide more meaningful conclusions Finally to close out the show we covered two updates for EKS, EKS now allows you to assign IAM permissions to Kubernetes service accounts. This gives you fine-grained, pod level access control when running clusters with multiple co-located services. Secondly we just released 1.1.4.6 for EKS but ensure you understand the EKS support policy as we only support the last 3 EKS releases.
September 6, 2019
In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane brings along a special guest, AWS Solution Architect and Container expert - Mitch Beaumont. We started the show reminiscing about container history, going way back looking at where we came from and how we arrived at the position we are today and gave a quick overview of our container offerings - Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and AWS Fargate. I then posed a fictitious question about container orchestration - what options are available and the pros and cons of each platform. We looked at our container roadmap, so pop that into your favorite search engine (https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap) to get an understanding of what has shipped, what is coming soon and what we are working on. They say, if you are not keeping score it’s just practice, so Mitch ran us through the approaches we need to take as we make the shift through to containers around observability and monitoring before talking through deployment and operational patterns. Lastly, to close out the show, we once again touched base with Firecracker. Firecraker provides hardware-level isolation with the convenience of containers and underpins many of the container and serverless offerings on AWS. It is open-source so feel free to download it, kick the tires and have a play. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Mitch Beaumont - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Resources: What is a Container? https://aws.amazon.com/containers/ Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) https://aws.amazon.com/ecs/ AWS Fargate https://aws.amazon.com/fargate/ AWS Container Roadmap https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap Elastic Network Interfaces https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/using-eni.html Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) https://aws.amazon.com/eks/ Amazon VPC CNI Plugin for Kubernetes Upgrades https://docs.aws.amazon.com/eks/latest/userguide/cni-upgrades.html Elastic Load Balancing https://aws.amazon.com/elasticloadbalancing/ Amazon CloudWatch https://aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/ Centralized Container Logging with Fluent Bit https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/opensource/centralized-container-logging-fluent-bit/ Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate FireLens https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap/tree/master/preview-programs/firelens Firecracker https://github.com/firecracker-microvm/firecracker AWS Container DevSecOps Workshop https://container-devsecops.awssecworkshops.com/ APAC Online Event: AWSome Day Online series https://aws.amazon.com/events/awsome-day/awsome-day-online/ AWS Data Analytics & Machine Learning Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/data-analytics-series/ AWS Builders Online Series on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/ AWS Innovate on-demand aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
August 23, 2019
In this round-up episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete come at you with raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in August in the year 2019. However, before doing this they took a look at the SDLC or the Software Development Lifecycle through the lens of AWS Lambda, our favorite server-less compute engine. We discussed trade-offs; in other words, what you are getting and what you are losing with AWS Lambda. We talked through the AWS Lambda support policy, 12-factor apps and worked through three options in which you can manage deprecation of runtimes. We then pivoted to updates, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (ECS) now supports multiple load balancers. You can now attach multiple target groups to your Amazon ECS services that are running on either Amazon EC2 or AWS Fargate. This update is quite huge and a big win for customers. AWS Lake Formation is now Generally Available, and it is a new managed service to help you build a secure data lake in days. It allows you to Identify, ingest, clean, and transform data, enforce security policies across multiple services and gain and manage new insights. Before closing the show off with a raft of Amazon EC2 Updates, 7 to be exact, some general updates, some around spot fleet and another around capacity optimization strategy for Amazon EC2 Spot instances. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Peter Stanski - Head of Solution Architecture, AWS Resources: Achieve 3x better Spark performance with EMR 5.25.0 https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/08/achieve-3x-better-spark-performance-with-emr-5250/ Amazon CloudFront announces new Edge location in Israel https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/08/cloudfront-israel/ AWS Lambda Runtime Support Policy https://docs.aws.amazon.com/lambda/latest/dg/runtime-support-policy.html Amazon ECS services now support multiple load balancer target groups https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/amazon-ecs-services-now-support-multiple-load-balancer-target-groups/ AWS Lake Formation – Now Generally Available https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-lake-formation-now-generally-available/ APAC Online Event: AWS Builders Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/ AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
August 9, 2019
In this hour-long themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean reminisce about their past and cover topics that are important to the budding systems engineer, systems administrator and network engineer. We started the show by announcing a new region, Bahrain, the first in the Middle East taking our region count to 22. On the Automation front, we spoke about methods and mechanisms you can use to automate the administration of your AWS environment via the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell, AWS CloudFormation, and now AWS Cloud Development Kit has gone GA. We kept it real with a bit of QA, comparing on-premises via AWS, and Shane did not quite stump Dean, almost. We then spoke about networking by introducing concepts and explaining ways in which you can deal with hybrid workloads at both the network layer and via DNS. Lastly, we closed the show out with a conversation on what is the minimum kit to on-premises for most organizations before talking about Cloud migration options into AWS. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Dean Samuels - Solutions Architect Manager, AWS Resources: Announcing the new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region - https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/announcing-the-new-aws-middle-east--bahrain--region-/ AWS Command Line Interface https://aws.amazon.com/cli/ AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell https://aws.amazon.com/powershell/ AWS CloudFormation https://aws.amazon.com/cloudformation/ AWS Cloud Development Kit https://aws.amazon.com/cdk/ Lambda@Edge https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/edge/ AWS VPN https://aws.amazon.com/vpn/ Amazon EC2 https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ AWS Server Migration Service https://aws.amazon.com/server-migration-service/ AWS Database Migration Service https://aws.amazon.com/dms/ APAC Online Event: AWS Builders Online Series https://aws.amazon.com/events/builders-online-series/ AWS Innovate on-demand https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/
July 25, 2019
In this monster episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom (yes he is back) come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in the month of July in the year 2019. They started the show with two Amazon CloudWatch updates. Amazon CloudWatch Anomaly Detection, which applies machine learning to continuously analyze a specific CloudWatch metrics determines a nominal baseline, and surfaces anomalies, all without user intervention before introducing you to Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights and as the sticker says, is a fully managed service to help monitor and troubleshoot containers. Both of these additions are not GA but get your hands dirty and have a play. They then pivoted by introducing you to a new service, Amazon EventBridge, which is a serverless event bus that routes real-time data streams from your applications and services to targets like AWS Lambda. EventBridge facilitates event-driven application development by simplifying the process of ingesting and delivering events across your application architecture, and by providing built-in security and error handling. What's more, there are built-in integrations from the likes of ZenDesk, Pager Duty, and more. On the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) front, we spoke of four updates. 1. Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Version 19.1 2. Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Serverless has gone GA. 3. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports new minor versions. 4. Amazon RDS introduces Compatibility Checks for Upgrades from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0. Another new feature - Amazon EC2 Instance Connect, introduces that ability to control Secure Shell (SSH) access to your instances using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies, plus with AWS CloudTrail events giving you a centralized way to audit your SSH connections. Finally, Tom snuck in some last-minute updates around Amazon AppStream 2.0 and Amazon WorkSpaces. Amazon AppStream 2.0 adding in support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 base images. Amazon WorkSpaces is now allowing you to copy your Amazon WorkSpaces Images across AWS regions. Speakers: Shane Baldacchino - Solutions Architect, ANZ, AWS Tom McMeekin - Solutions Architect, AWS Resources: Amazon CloudWatch https://aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/ Amazon CloudWatch Anomaly Detection https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/introducing-amazon-cloudwatch-anomaly-detection-now-in-preview/ Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/05/cloudwatch-container-insights-for-eks-and-kubernetes-preview/ Amazon EventBridge https://aws.amazon.com/eventbridge/ Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Version 19.1 https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/amazon-rds-oracle-supports-oracle-application-express-version-191/ Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Supports Serverless https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/amazon-aurora-with-postgresql-compatibility-supports-serverless/ Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports new minor versions https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/05/amazon-rds-postgresql-supports-minor-version-112/ Amazon RDS introduces Compatibility Checks https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/07/amazon_rds_introduces_compatibility_checks/ Introducing Amazon EC2 Instance Connect https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/introducing-amazon-ec2-instance-connect/ AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) https://aws.amazon.com/iam/ AWS CloudTrail https://aws.amazon.com/cloudtrail/ Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/amazon-appstream-20-adds-support-for-windows-server-2016-and-windows-server-2019/ Amazon WorkSpaces now supports copying Images across AWS Regions https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/amazon_workspaces_now_supports_copying_images_across_aws_regions/
July 11, 2019
In this themed episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Gabe talk about the modern relational database built for the cloud: Amazon Aurora. So prepare to SELECT some Amazon Aurora knowledge INTO your brain! They start the episode with some level setting. Amazon Aurora is a fully-managed MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible database, purpose-built for the cloud. It has great performance, and it gives enterprise-grade reliability at 1/10th the cost of traditional options. It has a distributed, fault-tolerant, self-healing storage system that auto-scales up to 64TB. Keeping it modern and real, they then discuss Amazon Aurora Serverless, which is an on-demand, auto-scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora where the database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale capacity up or down based on your app's needs. It enables you to run your database with all the benefits that serverless brings. Finally, they close the show out with a discussion around Amazon Aurora Global Database, which is designed for globally distributed applications, allowing a single Amazon Aurora database to span multiple AWS regions. It replicates your data with no impact to database performance, enables fast local reads with low latency in each region, and provides disaster recovery from region-wide outages. Resources: • AWS Innovate 2019 Global Edition https://aws.amazon.com/events/aws-innovate/ • Amazon CloudFront https://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/ • Lambda@Edge https://aws.amazon.com/lambda/edge/ • AWS Aurora https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/ • Amazon Aurora Serverless https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/serverless/ • Amazon Aurora Global Database https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/global-database/
June 27, 2019
In this episode of AWS TechChat, TechChat turns 50 and Shane and Pete come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in June, in the year 2019. They started the show, introducing you to a new service that has gone GA - AWS IoT Events. AWS IoT Events is a new, fully managed IoT service that makes it easy to detect and respond to events from IoT sensors and applications without the traditional heavy lifting of building traditional IoT applications and brings a managed complex event detection service to our already buff IoT suit. Sticking with IoT theme, we quickly announced BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) support has landed in Amazon FreeRTOS, and a new MQTT library is now generally available in Amazon FreeRTOS 201906.00. With this update, you can now securely connect Amazon FreeRTOS devices using BLE to AWS IoT via Android and iOS devices, and use the new MQTT library to create applications that are independent of the connectivity protocol. We then spoke about two new features for Microsoft SQL. Always On Availability Groups have made their way to SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition and we let you know you can now restore a multi-file native SQL Server backup from Amazon S3 to an Amazon RDS SQL Server database instance. Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) for Windows containers has gone GA so prepare your BSODs, only kidding. We now support Amazon ECS clusters running Windows Server 2019 containers, so if Windows containers are your thing, take a look at Amazon ECS. Lastly, with Amazon API Gateway custom domains, you can now enforce a minimum Transport Layer Security (TLS) version and cipher suites through a security policy allowing you to further improve security for your customers. Resources: • AWS IoT Events https://aws.amazon.com/iot-events/ • Amazon FreeRTOS Bluetooth Low Energy https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/iot/perform-ota-firmware-updates-on-espressif-esp32-devices-using-amazon-freertos-bluetooth-low-energy-mqtt-proxy/ • Amazon RDS SQL Server https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/05/amazon-rds-for-sql-server-now-supports-always-on-availability-groups-for-sql-server-2017/ • Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) for Windows containers https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonECS/latest/developerguide/ECS_Windows.html • Amazon API Gateway – TLS https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2019/06/amazon-api-gateway-adds-configurable-transport-layer-security-version-custom-domains/
June 14, 2019
In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete take it up a notch in a thought-provoking episode. They discuss some key AWS feature releases that are fundamentally changing the approach of how customers wire up those more complex AWS account structures and talk to you about some modern approaches more mature customers are adopting. We started the show with AWS RAM (Resource Access Manager) which is a simple and secure way to share resources across AWS Accounts, worth taking a look if you use VPC Peering or hybrid DNS resolvers today. They then pivoted to AWS CDK (Cloud Development Kit) which is a software development framework, with the artifact being AWS CloudFormation, yet another tool to help you move to No-Ops and focus on improving developer productivity. AWS CDK offers a higher-level object-oriented abstraction to define AWS resources imperatively. And lastly out with the old and in with the new (and it’s not Pete). Node JS 6 is EOL (End-of-Life) for AWS Lambda, and we announce the arrival of Node JS 10 touting significant performance and functionality improvements.
June 3, 2019
In this monster episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Pete (yes he’s alive and back) come at you with a raft of short sharp and important updates that occurred in May 2019. They started the show with a price cut for Amazon Connect because everyone likes price cuts, and Amazon Connect is now 26% cheaper in two US regions. Next, they cover additional cloud-formation support for both AWS Transfer for SFTP and AWS Backup, allowing you automate the usage of these services. Moving on they talked through Amazon CloudWatch percentiles, as it has introduced support for percentiles on metric filters which are particularly useful when applied to metrics that exhibit large variances. AWS Ground Station has gone GA (General Availability). So prepare your satellites. There are no long-term commitments, you pay only for antenna time, and you gain the ability to rapidly scale your satellite communications on-demand when your business needs it. Shane then kept it real by talking about AWS Step Functions Callbacks. Callback patterns automate workflows for applications with human activities and custom integrations with third-party services, and now it's native. Lastly, to close out the show, they covered three new EKS updates that address monitoring updates, through to additional functionality and reduced administrative effort. We like to hear what you like and perhaps what you don’t like, keep the feedback coming and don’t be shy, send us an email at awstechchat@amazon.com
May 23, 2019
In this AWS TechChat - Application Security Edition, Shane chats with Gabe about all things application security, providing a crash course for the builder in all of us. They start the show with some level setting to set the scene, introducing the Top 10 OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) before moving on to CVE's (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures). They then move up the stack to Layer 7 and speak about AWS WAF, which is our web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits and how you can use AWS WAF to mitigate against OWASP Top 10 risks as well as how you can leverage managed rule sets for common COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) applications. Lastly, introducing Amazon Inspector - an automated security assessment service that helps shine a light on the security and compliance of applications deployed on Amazon EC2 by detecting CVE's and instance drift again CIS standards.
May 9, 2019
Join Shane and Dr. Pete as they get their inner geek on and cover a few significant announcements that occurred last month that help the modern builders. They cover some quick announcements around Amazon EC2. Amazon EC2 T3a instances are now a thing, and what’s more, our A1 instances are finding their way into Amazon ECS and Amazon EKS with the latter being in preview. They then set the scene around containers, romanticized about the past and how they differ from Virtual Machines before introducing AWS AppMesh. AWS AppMesh is a service mesh that provides application-level networking to make it easy for your services to communicate with each other, before rounding out the show by introducing the AWS Toolkit for VS Code which provides an integrated one-stop experience for developing and debugging serverless applications in AWS Lambda and AWS SAM.
April 26, 2019
Join Shane and Dr. Pete as they close our two-part series on getting started on AWS. In this episode they build on part 1 by extending the foundational concepts, allowing the student to become the master. They cover ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) via Amazon Elasticsearch Service allowing you to keep score on your website by visualizing logs, spotting trends and finding that needle in the haystack. They then pivot to collaboration and helping reduce feedback cycles and bring your team closer together via Amazon Chime before briefly touching on Managed Active Directory and why you should run it on AWS. Lastly, they talk about Amazon WorkSpaces, your VDI experience in the cloud allowing you to build desktop systems at scale from general purpose, to GPU backed instances and pay for them by the hour.
April 18, 2019
Join Dr. Pete and Shane as they cover the core concepts on how you can get a website and email service up and running on AWS. In part 1 of this two-part series, they lay a technical foundation and cover domain registration, and DNS in general with Amazon Route 53, an awesome awesome DNS service. They then speak about web-hosting and touched on the various options you have in AWS before transitioning to MX records and Amazon WorkMail for email hosting.
April 5, 2019
Join Dr. Pete and Shane as they cover the latest AWS Tech Round-Up. In this episode, they touch on topics relevant to all gamuts of IT. They start the show with a deep dive of AWS Step Functions Local and AWS Step Functions support for Tag Based Permissions. They then pivot to ALB (Application Load Balancer) announcement as ALB now supports ARR (Advanced Request Routing). They wrap up the episode with an introduction to AWS Deep Learning Containers.
March 22, 2019
In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dean cover updates that aid in optimising your server and container operations via the Amazon Linux Upgrade Assistant and Amazon ECS Enhanced Container Dependency Management respectively. They also cover how applications in an Amazon VPC'es (Virtual Private Cloud)can now securely access AWS PrivateLink endpoints across VPC peering connections. Finally they look at emerging trends and technologies customers are using to experiment and innovate for their businesses.
March 4, 2019
In this episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dr. Pete reflect on changes to the AWS platform that have occurred over the years. They review the services that often go hidden away. Whilst often niche to the masses, they are important and are the unsung heroes which can affect developer and operational productivity. Shane talks about patterns and anti-patterns for AWS Secrets Manager and AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store. They then pivot to AWS Certificate Manager and explain a little bit about public and private certificates, and how AWS Certificate Manager regardless if you are a developer or an operational person makes your life easier. Lastly, they cover AWS Simple Email Service which is a reliable and simple way to send email and how it can easily slot in to you landscape.
February 8, 2019
Its the new year and a new episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Dr. Pete look over the 50 or so announcements post re:Invent. They talk about price cuts for AWS Fargate of up to 50%, introduce Server 2019 Amazon EC2 AMI's and what it brings to the table and why you should upgrade. They introduce 3 new services, AWS Backup, AWS Client VPN and Amazon WorkLink and talk about the latest Amazon EC2 Placement group feature and partition placement groups.
January 30, 2019
In this bumper episode of AWS TechChat, Shane and Tom close out our 3 part re:Invent special with an episode for the builders. They talk through the added functionality released around AWS Lambda, and there is a lot. AWS Lambda as a ALB Target, AWS Lambda Layers providing common dependencies across functions and Lambda Custom Runtimes allowing you build AWS Lambda functions with your own runtimes. They introduce StepFunctions API Connectors enabling customers to workflows that consume AWS services without writing extensive code and lastly the AWS Amplify Console which provides continuous delivery and hosting services for mobile and web applications
January 10, 2019
In the second part of AWS re: Invent 2018 recap episode, Shane is joined by Tom McMeekin, Solutions Architect, AWS. They dive into important Machine Learning and AI announcements around Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon Elastic Inference, AWS Optimized for TensorFlow, Amazon DeepRacer, Amazon SageMaker Neo, Amazon Textract, Amazon Personalize and Amazon Forecast.
December 18, 2018
In this bumper episode of AWS TechChat, Dr.Pete and Shane scratch the surface of AWS re:Invent 2018.. This episode will highlight ARM's coming of age with the Amazon EC2 A1 instance powered by the AWS Graviton processor. They will introduce you to Firecracker, a platform that gives customers the hardware virtualization-based security boundaries of virtual machines, while maintaining the smaller package size and agility of containers and functions and lastly they will cover storage updates by introducing you to AWS FSx, which provides two managed file systems and briefly scratch the surface of AWS Transfer for SFTP.“
December 6, 2018
Joining host Shane in the latest episode of AWS TechChat is special guest Tom McMeekin, Solution Architect, AWS. Shane and Tom discuss updates to Amazon Route 53, support for DNS resolution over inter region VPC, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling and AWS CloudFormation.
November 19, 2018
Dr Pete and Shane are back in the latest episode of AWS TechChat. In this episode we'll be doing a deep dive on database options on AWS. So for all your DBA's out there today, you are in for a treat and for those who aren't DBA's, we will equip you with enough information to show them up at the water cooler. As always, we'll also spend a few moments covering some of the recent announcements on service features and the AWS global infrastructure.
October 18, 2018
Dr.Pete and Shane are back again with another episode of AWS TechChat! Tune in to find out more about price reductions and the latest AWS updates around Amazon EC2, AWS Storage Gateway, Multi Factor Authentication with Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), AWS Lambda, AWS WAF and Amazon Aurora.
September 21, 2018
In another exciting episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dean and Gabe share, the latest AWS events, key releases such as AWS X-Ray adding support for controlling sampling rate from the X-Ray console, Amazon API Gateway adding support for AWS X-Ray, Amazon WorkSpaces Web Access and, dive deep into system observability and hybrid IT.
August 31, 2018
Join Dr Pete and Shane in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as, they share quick wins to save time and money! They share six quick wins from updating your Amazon EC2 instances, using Amazon Aurora for Auto Scaling, managing and measuring your free tier usage with the free tier widget, reducing time spent on application development with Serverless Bot Framework and AWS Amplify, upgrading to Amazon Redshift DC2 Reserved Instances to the price reduction of Amazon Lightsail.
August 1, 2018
In this latest episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Olivier and Dean discuss how AWS enables you to innovate quickly with the latest from AWS PrivateLink, Amazon CloudFront, VPC endpoints, AWS Greengrass, AWS Snowball Edge, AWS Fargate, Amazon SageMaker and Amazon Transcribe.
July 9, 2018
Unable to attend some of your favourite AWS events? Join Dr Pete and Shane as they kick off the jam packed 30th episode of AWS TechChat on the latest AWS events, update of AWS stats and dive into deep tech details around AWS landing zones, Amazon API Gateway, Storage Gateway, Application Load Balancer, Amazon Linux, Amazon EMR and AWS DeepLens.
June 23, 2018
Welcome Gabe Hollombe on-board AWS TechChat in this latest episode. Hosts Dean and Gabe start the episode with the latest AWS stats, general availability of Amazon Neptune, Amazon EKS and Amazon Sumerian. They then go into the latest from Amazon Cognito, AWS AppSync, AWS MobileHub, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline, Amazon SQS, Application Load Balancer and Amazon SageMaker.
May 17, 2018
In the latest episode of AWS TechChat, Dr. Pete and Shane share with you some of the latest AWS stats, how you can optimize GPUs for Amazon EC2 instance, updates and announcements around AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Auto Scaling, Amazon SNS, Amazon Aurora, Amazon ECS, registry of open data on AWS, opportunities for cost savings for Amazon RDS, AWS Certified Security Exam and AWS Database Migration Service.
April 20, 2018
TechChat Episode #27 Missed the AWS Summits? We bring you AWS TechChat from the AWS Summit Sydney! In the first episode of TechChat TV, hear Dr Pete & Dean Samuels share what’s new at AWS. Watch this session on TechChat TV: https://bit.ly/2HgUdke
April 8, 2018
In this latest episode of AWS TechChat, we welcome Shane Baldacchino to the line of up AWS TechChat hosts! Dr Pete & Shane kick off this episode with updates on the AWS infrastructure and, dive into the latest from IoT and Machine Learning at AWS with news around Amazon EC2 H1 Instances, Amazon SageMaker, AWS DeepLens, AWS Greengrass ML Inference, Amazon FreeRTOS, AWS IoT Device Management, Amazon Rekognition Video, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Translate and Amazon Comprehend.
February 12, 2018
Hosts Oli and Dean, bring you the latest episode of AWS TechChat where they kick it off with updates from AWS re:Invent 2017, how to keep up to date with AWS and the new AWS regions. They then dive into AWS Database services such as Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Neptune, Amazon Aurora and, AWS Compute services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS and AWS Lambda.
November 22, 2017
Tune into the latest episode of AWS TechChat, as it kicks off with some interesting news around Artificial Intelligence (AI), latest updates and announcements around Amazon EC2 P3 Instances, Apache MXNet Release, Amazon EC2 C5 Instances, AWS Deep Learning AMI, Amazon Kinesis Analytics, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Aurora, Preview of Performance Insights, Amazon Athena, AWS Shield, AWS Direct Connect and, information around AI related sessions at AWS re: Invent 2017.
November 3, 2017
Joining Pete and Oli as a co-host from this episode is Dean Samuels, Solutions Architect Manager, HKT, AWS. In this latest episode, Pete and Dean round up the latest around Amazon CloudFront, AWS WAF, Amazon EC2 Spot, Windows Server for Amazon LightSail, Microsoft SQL Server for Amazon EC2, Lifecycle Policies for Amazon EC2 Container Registry, Amazon Database Migration Service, Amazon Redshift, Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator and Gluon, Application Load Balancer and AWS Marketplace.
October 1, 2017
Join host Oli in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as he speaks with special guest, Dean Samuels, Solutions Architect Manager, HKT, AWS. Oli and Dean dive into the latest updates and announcements around Network Load Balancer, Amazon Lex, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, AWS Greengrass, Per-Second billing, Middle East Region, Apache MXNet, and Prime Day 2017.
September 10, 2017
Join host Dr Pete in the latest episode of AWS TechChat, as he shares the information and updates around VMware on AWS, improvements to signing into your AWS Account, Amazon Route 53, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon VPC, Amazon EC2, Amazon SES, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Lex, New Quick Starts on deploying IBM MQ on AWS and deploying NGNIX Plus on the AWS Cloud.
August 28, 2017
In the exciting 20th episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dr Pete and Oli take listeners through new service announcements of AWS Migration Hub, Amazon Macie, AWS CloudTrail Event History, AWS Glue, launch of edge locations for Amazon CloudFront, general availability of Lambda@Edge and VPC endpoints for updates and information around Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EFS, NOAA GOES-R on AWS, UK Met Office Forecast Data, New Quick Start, AWS CodeCommit, AWS SAM Local and AWS CodeDeploy.
July 12, 2017
In the latest episode of AWS TechChat, Dr.Pete welcomes Olivier Klein as the new co-host. The hosts kick off the episode with, information and updates around Amazon Connect, Amazon WorkSpaces, AWS Direct Connect, AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF), AWS Config, Amazon Kinesis, New Quick Start, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, Amazon Athena, Amazon Route 53 and wrap it up with an Amazon Connect demo.
June 23, 2017
Join Dr Pete and Russ in the latest episode of AWS TechChat as they share security best practices and news around Amazon Rekognition, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ECS, AWS Greengrass, Amazon SQS, AWS CodeStar, AWS Lambda, AWS X-Ray, Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon EMR and AWS Deep Learning AMIs.
June 5, 2017
In this action packed episode of AWS TechChat, hosts Dr. Pete and Russ share the latest announcements around Amazon EC2 P2 instances, Amazon LightSail, updates around Remote Desktop Gateway, Amazon Athena, Amazon Elastic Search, Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon CloudFront, HIPAA eligible services, Amazon Cognito, Amazon QuickSight, AWS Serverless Application, IAM policy summaries and new AWS Certification Specialty exams.
May 21, 2017
From announcements to service updates, hosts Dr. Pete and Russ bring you another packed episode of AWS TechChat. In this episode, they take you through the announcement of new edge locations, updates to Amazon QuickSIght, AWS CloudTrail, AWS Marketplace, Amazon WorkMail, Amazon EMR, Amazon RDS, AWS Schema Conversion Tool, AWS Organizations, Elastic Load Balancing, AWS Deep Learning, Amazon Simple Queue System (SQS), Amazon Chime, AWS Lambda and introduce, AWS and Ionic’s Mobile Web and Hybrid Application on GitHub.
May 1, 2017
Join Dr. Pete and Russ in another episode of AWS TechChat as they discuss the latest AWS announcements and updates around AWS CodeStar, Amazon Redshift, Amazon EC2, Amazon DynamoDB, AWS Database Migration, AWS X-Ray, Amazon Aurora, Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Polly, Amazon Lex, Amazon Mobile Hub Integration, AWS Lambda, AWS Marketplace and Simplified Pricing API.
April 12, 2017
Tune into the latest episode of AWS TechChat as special guest Adrian Cockcroft, Vice President, Cloud Architecture Strategy, AWS joins our hosts Dr Pete and Russ to talk about Innovation, Architecture and the AWS Cloud.
March 28, 2017
In this episode, Dr Pete and Russ run through a round-up of the latest AWS updates and announcements including the launch of the new Zurich edge location, the general availability of Amazon Cloud Directory, updates to Move over JSON, AWS Lambda, Amazon ECS, Amazon WorkDocs, AWS Cryptography, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon EMR, Amazon ElastiCache, Databases, Deep Learning, Amazon Elastic File System and Amazon EC2 reserved Instances.
March 7, 2017
Dr Pete and Russ Nash delivers a rich round-up of the latest AWS news and announcements. Including the addition of a new edge location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for Amazon CloudFront (71st edge location worldwide); fuss-free online meetings with the availability of Amazon Chime; and much, much more.
February 7, 2017
January was a time of rest and relaxation... but episode 11 doesn't disappoint! Dr Pete and Russ Nash kicks off 2017 with a rich line-up of the year's most relevant AWS updates for the tech community.
December 20, 2016
Dr Pete and Russ Nash caps off 2016 with a big-bang episode of the best of the best highlights of the new services announcements made from re:Invent 2016. Wishing our listeners a safe, happy holiday season.
December 13, 2016
For the AWS and tech aficionados, Christmas has come early as Dr Pete and Russ Nash drills down on some of the highlights of the new services announcements made from re:Invent 2016. Tune into part 1 of this special re:Invent round-up!
November 16, 2016
Our hosts geek out with Adrian De Luca, Head of Solution Architecture for partners and ecosystem for Asia-Pacific. They chat about all things related to AWS partners, including the different levels and types (in the vicinity of tens of thousands world-wide) and their key role in shifting workloads onto the AWS cloud and providing exceptional experience for customers that are scaling on AWS. They also cover some great partner activities happening across the globe as well as some recent key announcements made with IBM, CommVault, VMware and Atlassian. Visit awstechchat.com for more!
November 2, 2016
You told us, and we listened. By popular demand, Dr Pete and Russ Nash serves up a mammoth update covering the latest technical updates and announcements from AWS, covering: • The 38th AWS availability zone opening in East Ohio, US • P2 and Grace Hopper + GPU specs • Deep Learning AMI • Aurora + Lambda • EMR, HDFS and Snowball • AWS Server Migration Service • DevOps with new CloudFormation extensions • PowerShell everywhere + AWS Powershell Core on Linux/Mac • And a huge focus on IPv6 DNS, S3, WAF, including a trick and tips segment for using ipv6
October 10, 2016
Dr Werner Vogels, VP & CTO of Amazon.com, spent some time down under and chats with Russ and Dr Pete about Australian Rules Football, the last 10 years of Amazon Web Services and more.
September 21, 2016
Dr Pete and Russ Nash offers up a monstrous round-up of AWS news and services updates, spanning from performance enhancements, price reductions and software dev updates. Tune in to get across the most significant updates from AWS. Visit awstechchat.com for more info.
August 29, 2016
A special guest joins Dr Pete and Russ in this episode, which is sure to excite the developers among you! Developer-at-heart, Adam Larter, Specialist Solutions Architect from AWS, chats to our hosts about the latest news impacting the developer community from AWS. Covering hot topics like AWS IoT, the serverless framework and the growing momentum of AWS Lambda & API Gateway since launching in 2014. Adam also offers up tips to how you can get started by leveraging AWS SDKs to develop, create and manage applications built on AWS.
July 26, 2016
Dr Pete and Russ deliver another rich round-up of recent AWS news. They cover India's recent AWS Region launch, the latest services and feature updates around EC2 with Elastic Network Adaptor, Run Command, Elastic File System (EFS), Python Serverless Microframework for AWS, as well as Mobile Hub, Lumberyard, Database Migration, Aurora and a whole lot more. They are also joined by a special guest from APAC Certification and Training, Ash Willis. Ash joins our hosts to chat about honing your cloud skills, and best practice tips to get you started on your AWS certification journey. All this and more - be sure to tune in!
June 27, 2016
In this episode, Dr Pete and Russ run through a round-up of the latest AWS updates, including: EC2 longer instance IDs, EC2 console screenshots, RDS Multi-AZ for SQL Server, RDS cross region replication for Aurora, the new EMR release including Apache Tez and Apache Phoenix, new high throughput EBS volume types and S3 Transfer Acceleration. They also take a closer look at the applications and benefits of resource tagging.
May 26, 2016
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